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Concerning proactively addressing wildfire risk by creating a forest health treatment assessment (Hawkins, McCoy, Fortunato)

Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) Develop a statewide assessment of fire-prone lands that are in need of forest health treatment; and
(2) Establish forest health treatment goals and design a planning framework designed to achieve completion of the identified forest health treatments by 2033.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY NATURAL RESOURCES & PARKS COMMITTEE (First Substitute):
-Staggers the timing of assessments and treatments so that 200,000 acres are assessed each biennium, with project prioritization and treatment of that acreage in the following biennium.
-Provides coordination among organizations through a forest health advisory committee.
-Makes implementation subject to appropriation.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE (Second Substitute):
-Makes organizational and technical changes.

Hearing Date: Monday, April 03, 2017 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5546&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)